History Main / VarietyShow

5th Nov '17 3:40:11 AM Laevatein
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This format fell out of favor in the early [[Main/TheEighties 1980s]]. Cable (particularly [=MTV=] and [=HBO=]) provided alternate outlets for the music, stand-up comedy, and miscellaneous acts that were the bread-and-butter of these shows, and viewers no longer had to sit through three acts they weren't interested in for the sake of one that they wanted to see. Also, tastes were becoming more polarized; whereas formerly people could endure musical styles they didn't care for much, more and more people actually HATED styles they disfavored.

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This format fell out of favor in America in the early [[Main/TheEighties 1980s]].1980s]] (although in Australia, ''Series/HeyHeyItsSaturday'' lasted until 1999). Cable (particularly [=MTV=] and [=HBO=]) provided alternate outlets for the music, stand-up comedy, and miscellaneous acts that were the bread-and-butter of these shows, and viewers no longer had to sit through three acts they weren't interested in for the sake of one that they wanted to see. Also, tastes were becoming more polarized; whereas formerly people could endure musical styles they didn't care for much, more and more people actually HATED styles they disfavored.


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* ''Series/HeyHeyItsSaturday''
26th Sep '17 4:24:44 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''The Creator/{{Sonny|Bono}} and Music/{{Cher}} Comedy Hour''

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* ''The Creator/{{Sonny|Bono}} Music/{{Sonny|Bono}} and Music/{{Cher}} Comedy Hour''
26th Sep '17 4:24:21 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''The Sonny and {{Cher}} Comedy Hour''

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* ''The Sonny Creator/{{Sonny|Bono}} and {{Cher}} Music/{{Cher}} Comedy Hour''
18th Jul '17 8:38:14 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* The last legitimate attempt at a traditional VarietyShow on American network television was 1987's ''Dolly'', starring Music/DollyParton -- it lasted one season and was considered a huge gamble even then.
** [[Series/NewlywedsNickAndJessica Nick and Jessica]] did a variety show special on Creator/{{ABC}} in 2004 that flopped ''badly''.

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* The last legitimate attempt at a traditional VarietyShow on American network television was 1987's ''Dolly'', starring Music/DollyParton -- it lasted one season and was considered a huge gamble even then.
** * [[Series/NewlywedsNickAndJessica Nick Lachey and Jessica]] Jessica Simpson]] did a variety show special on Creator/{{ABC}} in 2004 that flopped ''badly''.



* Technically, by having bands on ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' was considered a variety show. (This was because variety got a higher budget than light entertainment at the BBC.)

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* Technically, by having bands on on, ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' was considered a variety show. (This was because variety got a higher budget than light entertainment at the BBC.)



** Not to mention its precursor, the more-or-less straight-up revival attempt ''Random Acts of Variety''.

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** Not to mention its precursor, the more-or-less straight-up revival attempt * ''Random Acts of Variety''.Variety'', an attempt at a revival


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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' originally had more of a variety show-style format, with multiple musical guests appearing in some early episodes and stand-up comedy mixed in with the sketch comedy.
31st May '17 6:23:37 PM nombretomado
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* Technically, by having bands on ''TheYoungOnes'' was considered a variety show. (This was because variety got a higher budget than light entertainment at the BBC.)

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* Technically, by having bands on ''TheYoungOnes'' ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' was considered a variety show. (This was because variety got a higher budget than light entertainment at the BBC.)
14th May '17 11:53:15 PM RAMChYLD
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* Series/BillNyeSavesTheWorld -- In a sense. Each episode has a particular CentralTheme that ties all the elements together, but within a single episode are contained any combination of live demonstrations in front of the audience, comedy sketches, "man on the street" style interviews, correspondent field pieces, panel discussions, and monologues from Bill himself.

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* Series/BillNyeSavesTheWorld -- In a sense. Each episode has a particular CentralTheme that ties all the elements together, but within a single episode are contained any combination of live demonstrations in front of the audience, [[SketchComedy comedy sketches, sketches]], "man on the street" style interviews, correspondent field pieces, panel discussions, and monologues from Bill himself.
14th May '17 11:51:57 PM RAMChYLD
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* Series/BillNyeSavesTheWorld -- In a sense. Each episode has a particular CentralTheme that ties all the elements together, but within a single episode are contained any combination of live demonstrations in front of the audience, comedy sketches, "man on the street" style interviews, correspondent field pieces, panel discussions, and monologues from Bill himself.
30th Apr '17 11:21:34 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheTonightShow''

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* ''TheTonightShow''''Series/TheTonightShow''
20th Oct '16 8:11:21 PM TropesForever
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A descendant of {{Vaudeville}}: an anthology of unrelated performances (be they musical, comedic, dramatic, etc.) by different performers. The first breakout television hits were variety shows, most notably the ''Texaco Star Theatre'' (hosted by Milton Berle) and ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow''; other important examples from the [[TheFifties '50s]] and [[TheSixties '60s]] included ''The Red Skelton Show'', ''The Jackie Gleason Show'', ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow,'' and ''Series/TheSmothersBrothersComedyHour.'' As you might notice, many such shows were named for the host(s).

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A descendant of {{Vaudeville}}: an anthology of unrelated performances (be they musical, comedic, dramatic, etc.) by different performers. The first breakout television hits were variety shows, most notably the ''Texaco Star Theatre'' (hosted by Milton Berle) and ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow''; other important examples from the [[TheFifties '50s]] and [[TheSixties '60s]] included ''The Red Skelton Show'', ''The Jackie Gleason Show'', ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow,'' and ''Series/TheSmothersBrothersComedyHour.'' As you might notice, many such shows were [[TheEponymousShow named for the host(s).
host(s)]].
19th Oct '16 11:12:01 AM Aiguille
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* In-universe in ''Podcast/TheOrbitingHumanCircusOfTheAir,'' the eponymous radio show's format includes musical numbers by bizarre animals and inanimate objects, novelty acts, and prerecorded spoken "true story" segments as closing "feature presentations."
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